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Perennials

(2017)
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At what point does childhood end and adulthood begin? Mandy Berman's evocative debut novel captures, through the lens of summer camp, both the thrill and pain of growing up.

Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin used to treasure their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Now, reunited as counselors after their first year of college, their relationship is more complicated. Rebellious Rachel, a street-smart city kid raised by a single mother, has been losing patience with her best friend's insecurities; Fiona, the middle child of a not-so-perfect suburban family, envies Rachel's popularity with their campers and fellow counselors. For the first time, the two friends start keeping secrets from each other. Through them, as well as from the perspectives of their fellow counselors, their campers, and their mothers, we witness the tensions of the turbulent summer build to a tragic event, which forces Rachel and Fiona to confront their pasts - and the adults they're becoming.

A seductive blast of nostalgia, a striking portrait of adolescent longing, and a tribute to both the complicated nature and the enduring power of female friendship, Perennials will speak to everyone who still remembers that bittersweet moment when innocence is lost forever.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Snappy and irresistible, Perennials takes readers back to summer camp, where her characters' first friendships and treasons play out in sharp dialogue and playful, generous prose." - Kristopher Jansma

"Perennials manages to be warm and loving and still wallop you with moments of shock and pain. What an exciting debut." - Victor LaValle

"Perennials is a sharp, crushingly observant, and empathetic debut, full of wit and tragedy, and good for all seasons." - Sam Lipsyte

"Berman's debut, a winning, keenly observed, and clear-eyed novel set in a summer camp, captures the age when fierce attachments forged over years begin to unravel, passionate female friendships give way to sex, and identity seems to shift with the tides." - Elissa Schappell

"Berman is at her most insightful when exploring the awkward unfurling of female adolescence. . . . Perennials is a sharp meditation on the changing female body, and the ways in which such changes are often involuntary and unwanted. . . . [She] skillfully captures the details and rituals of camp." - J Courtney Sullivan

"Lucid, psychologically nuanced, and great fun to read." - Rufi Thorpe


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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Perennials: A Novel
Author(s): Mandy Berman
ISBN: 0-399-58931-7 / 978-0-399-58931-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Perennials: A Novel
Author(s): Mandy Berman
ISBN: 0-399-58933-3 / 978-0-399-58933-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Perennials: A Novel
Author(s): Mandy Berman
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June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Perennials: A Novel
Author(s): Mandy Berman
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Perennials: A Novel
Author(s): Mandy Berman
Publisher: Random House
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